GM Tonawanda supports RIT advanced manufacturing

GM Powertrain Tonawanda Engine and Rochester Institute of Technology are pleased to announce that the company has donated two Fanuc R2000 to RIT’s Materials Testing Laboratory in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET) department. The two robots will support education of undergraduate and graduate MMET students, as well as provide a research and training platform for faculty in the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST), home of the MMET program.

RIT is grateful for this generous and important gift. We celebrate with the entire RIT family, including you and our nearly 70 RIT alumni from the university’s engineering, engineering technology, business, and imaging arts and sciences programs employed in the company’s Western New York locations.

This gift from GM is part of a new working relationship established between the company and RIT to support next generation advance manufacturing technologies and factory automation. RIT’s MMET program is a recognized leader in manufacturing engineering technology, and CAST offers both a BS in Mechanical, Manufacturing and Electrical Mechanical Engineering Technology, and an MS in Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration. Both degrees demand a significant amount of hands-on laboratory experience in manufacturing.

The present shortage of qualified manufacturing engineers and technologists is between 50,000 and 100,000 people—and the need is increasing. It is also estimated that between 20,000 and 30,000 new jobs are created in manufacturing engineering every year. The university recently released its new strategic plan, which speaks to the university’s commitment to educating students for life-long successful careers:

Rochester Institute of Technology prepares its graduates for a future of positive impact on their career areas of choice. Through unique interdisciplinary research and creative partnerships, RIT faculty and students collaborate to deliver and apply solutions to the 21st century’s most vexing problems.